David Sabat (HIGH on SOUL l MAAD SOUL)
David Sabat was quickly captured by the uplifting spirit of House Music as a teenager growing up in Chicago during the birth of this new genre. His taste in music was forever molded at live events that featured the pioneers of House Music and its future legends. Over the next several years, David continued to develop his DJ skills and expand his music collection. He landed his first nightclub residency at the age of 19 and paid his way through college DJing at several nightclubs and college events exposing the Chicago House sound to his peers while focusing heavily on breaking new music.
In the early 1990s Sabat coordinated large music video dance shows across the United States which consisted mostly of popular music. He eventually found his way back to the Chicago House Music scene and in 2003 launched ChicagoSoundSource and showcased some of the best DJ talent Chicago has to offer. He built shows, promotion, and bookings for this highly select group of all-star Chicago DJs/producers along with rising talent and fused them with incredible free-style musicians. This unique blend of DJs and musicians were the building blocks of ChicagoSoundSource.
In 2004 Sabat co-founded the Chicago House Music Association (CHMA), a not-for-profit organization focused on unity within the Chicago House Music community. CHMA hosted an annual Chicago DJ Softball tournament featuring several legendary and internationally recognized Chicago House Music DJs, producers, and vocalists. The tournament was supported by industry sponsorship including RANE, Numark, and SURE. It became one of the most anticipated and unique House events in Chicago for three years.
Working with so many talented DJs, producers, vocalists, and musicians gave Sabat new influences and motivation to revive and revamp himself as a performer and in 2006, Sabat found his way back to the DJ booth. He has performed all over Chicago as well as cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Toronto, Atlanta, Paris, and Amsterdam. In December 2007 Sabat performed for the first time with the House Music band MAAD SOUL and was invited to join the group as their resident DJ in June 2008. MAAD SOUL has taken off and has become one of Chicago's hottest live House acts.
Sabat finally found his way into the studio and has produced several edits and remixes. In May 2009 he founded HIGH on SOUL, an independent digital record label focusing on Deep and Soulful House Music. After nearly two years of R&D the first release came in March of 2011 featuring his original work, collaborations, and remixes by other artists. HIGH on SOUL now distributes on Traxsource, iTunes, Amazon, AfrodesiaMP3 & more.
Global Niche Movement
Master Kev (MKTL)
Master Kev's victory in a mix-off contest in the 1990's proved that the years of obsessing over the mixes of Timmy Regisford, Tony Humphries and others on radio and in clubs, studying underground dance and beat syncopation and accumulating a killer collection of records finally paid off . And as the number of shows soared, so did Kev's talent. Soon after, hero Tony Humphries called Kev to ask him to join forces with him on his Yellorange Label. His answer? A triumphant 'Hell Yeah'. After spinning in his first WMC in the year 2000 and embarking on several trips to Europe , Asia and beyond, with Tony Humphries and even solo, his DJ career was officially on the rise.
Also in 2000 Kev along with Marlon D and others helped form the Underground Collective - a collection of DJ's, performers, musicians..etc created to draw exposure in the dance music industry to major labels and beyond.
In 2006 Kev partnered up with long time friend and former Yellorange/Underground Collective DJ partner David 'Vibes' Tobon and keyboard wizard John Crockett to form MKDV. They produced their first track together titled 'Twisted' which gained a lot of early support from the biggest names in the dance music industry and was a very popular release on the Code Red & Defected labels. They also worked on original tracks for Tony Records and remixes for Louie Vega's imprint Vega Records remixing Sara Devine's 'Special' as well as remixes for Mel Cheren's and Kevin Hedge's (Blaze) West End Records.
In 2007 Kev partnered up with good friend and highly talented Scott Wozniak to produce more tracks for Code Red & Defected titled 'String Thing' and 'Uncooked' .. 'String Thing' became the number 1 download on Defected's website for weeks .. They also did some remixes on Stevie Wonder's 'My Cherie Amour' and Joe Cocker's 'You Are So Beautiful' (high in demand since the 2007 WMC) which were never released to this date.
Later that year Kev also partnered up with Abicah Soul and worked on original tracks and remixes as well. One of those tracks 'Kora' was released on Iawanni Records from Toronto.
With lots of travelling, work and the highly listened to weekly radio show on CyberJamz Radio (cyberjamz.com) titled 'YO Sessions', Kev is once again ready to get back into the studio and help create more grooves for your dancefloor!
Come experience why they call Kevin John Finegan from suburban New York the Master!
Tony Loreto (MKTL)
Dj/Producer of Spirit Sound Records
Tony Loreto was born in Naples in 1983, where his passion for house music started. In the middle of 90’ his own city was the framework for the greatest parties with the most famous International house music DJs.With his participation to these parties, the first one with Francois Kevorkian, Tony Loreto started to feel strong emotions and learned more about music ...social-cultural context, it was like a sound music school.
Successively Tony Loreto tried to recreated with his friends these moods, atmospheres on Sunday mornings in his own cellar, after the Saturday parties. At the beginning his inspiration started with Francois Kevorkian, Little Louie Vega, Tony Humphries and Frankie Knuckles, until when his passion exploded. This happens when he wanted to understand which was the musicians and DJs’ work contained in each house production. From that point he undertook the producer role in the music world. After nights of works, finally he was able to do his first one untitled production that has been tested on the crow, with the successive ones and other remixes, in various parties with amazing results. Until when finally Tony Loreto was appreciated by the most important figures of international house music for collaborations finalized to new productions. Some of his greatest unpublished productions were the “Spirit EP”, “Let’s go feat. dj Yass & Arnold Jarvis”, “30 days feat. Rashan Houston” while Alicia Keys’ “No one”, Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”, Radio Head’s “Creep” and Erika Badu’s “Real Thing” were the most famous remixes in all over the world.
Today Tony Loreto in considered one of the leading features of house music made in Italy. Tony Loreto with Angelo Cimmino, Alessio Toro Trisorio and Mark Di Meo is part of the new group of artists of Spirit Sound Record in order to allow italian house music at an international world level .
DJ Stax (aka Abicah Soul Project) grew up in Chicago during the days of the Warehouse and Muzic Box, and his DJ sets and production—like those of friends Glenn Underground, Boo Williams, Paul Johnson, and Gene Hunt—are heavily influenced by the pioneering work of Frankie Knuckles and Ron Hardy.
He began DJing in 1983, when he was only 12 years old, and has been a staple in the Chi-town rave and club scene since, holding residencies at Smartbar, Club4, and Ohm and doing weekly radio gigs for WNUR 89.3 and prepartyradio.com.
As a producer, Stax has landed releases on Objektivity, Classic, Jellybean, Nite Life Collective, Rush Hour, Wha? Roots, and several other labels.
An in-demand remixer, he has given tracks by Telepopmusik, Osunlade, Glenn Underground, and No Assembly Required (Dan X and Justin Long) the “Abicah” treatment.
His signature soulful, deeply-rooted, yet edgy afro-latin sound—evidenced by recent tracks such as “Musique de Ve” (Eargasmic)—is unique in dance music today and defies categorization.
His work has been compared to that of Jazzanova and Quentin Harris, and Stax is known as a “DJ’s producer” he is one of the best-kept and most-cherished secrets in deep house.
Indeed, a wide variety of DJ’s—from Brett Johnson and DJ Heather to Marques Wyatt, Blaze, and Gilles Peterson—have featured his tracks on their Mix CD’s
60 Hertz Project
60 Hertz was formed mid June 2009 in a location called Ga-Rankuwa in Pretoria, South Africa. The project is more based on soulful jazz house, lounge music and etc. 60 Hertz is a live project that consists of fusion of musicians and producers.
It was formed by a young and talented Dj and producer Gosiame Maodi (BlackJean) and He then met other two aspiring Producers Itumeleng M...oledi (Deeptwelve) And Karabo Moumakwe (MarvinK) the administrators of Pure Click Recordings, they came with an idea to collaborate with artists such as Siphiwe Daniel Kumalo (SDK) He is a pianist, composer and arranger and a song writer. Kamogelo Tshabangu (Kmor) he is a bass guitarist and a composer. Tshepo Monyana (Tap) He is a guitarist, along with his assistant Thebe Boshielo he is a member of a group called Da Beat. And also Cromwell Modungwa (Cromy) he is a percussionist, a song writer, composer and vocalist for groups like Street Harmony, Voices4Joy and also Da Beat.
Not only 60 Hertz has worked with its own musicians, but also session musicians such as Bra Sol (Saxophones) and Pontsho Masote (Palmer) not only being a producer but a pianist, composer, arranger, song writer and a singer in most of his projects.
60 Hertz has worked on their first project called Capricorn, that’s going to be released under GoGo Music a well known record company worldwide by Ralf GUM who`s also has done a remix for the project, and other remixes by QB Smith (Warm Days) and Essential I(Deeptone Recordings). 60 Hertz also worked with Fast Vision Soul (SoSo Deep Recordings) on a project called Tapta Beach EP.
60 Hertz is now introducing this live performance to the house scene, which is: The Deep Level of Musical Signature.
BlackJean (60 Hertz Project)
Gosiame Maodi a.k.a. BlackJean is a 21 years old boy born in South Africa and a talented upcoming producer. As a DJ he started his career in 2009. He plays to date in various South African clubs. After BlackJean boosted his studio in 2010, he discovered a strong passion for influences of Jazzy, deeptech, Soulful and Afrolatin sounds. His first release was in 2009 success "Dark Oceans” and his first remix project he did for Deeptwelv-Moyure (0152 records, SA) (Deeptone Records, SA),and also another single under 0152 Records by Deejay Bullet called "Definition of Deeptech EP(0152 Records, SA)", which received positive feedback from DJ Christos(Katsaitis Music) and Vinny Da Vinci of House Afrika.
But is with he`s wellknown Live performing band called 60 Hertz Project`s first single "Capricorn" (2011) that BlackJean became famous. In fact that song is on the compilation Album by DJ Christos (Katsaitis Music) and Also topped the charts on traxsource top singles, downloads and is signed to GOGO MUSIC (big worldwide label where works a lot of most famous artists like Black Coffee, Ralf Gum, RawArtisticSoul and Many more). The song also got positive feedbacks By Vinny Da Vinci (House Afrika, SA) Jonny Montana & Craig Steward (Universal Music, UK), Rocco (France), Dean Zepherin (Tribe Records, UK) Michael Fossati (Spirit of house.com, Switzerland) and
Became a big hit World Wide.
After GoGo Music`s signed Capricorn by 60 Hertz Project, the band did another track with an international producer called Francesco Briganti a.k.a. Fast Vision Soul, the track was named "Tapta Beach", and he then did a massive remix with he`s dj/producer friend called MarvinK of (Pure Click Records, SA) who released a single called “Sweet words of Soul” feat. Bra Sol (Saxophonist) under Deeptone Records, SA and they named their remix called (BlackJean & MarvinK Jungle in Pta mix) Pta for Pretoria. And it’s also on DJ Christos-Magic Sessions Vol.2 Compilation Album. He then started to work with international and local acts such as Deeptwelv & MarvinK(Both Pure Click Rec,SA),60 Hertz Project(SA) Meisha Moore(Audio Bytes Rec, Chicago),Sobz(Soul O` Music, SA),Global Niche Movement(High on Soul, Chicago) and Did a single with Kevin Visto feat. Austin T "Keep Dancing" that’s coming out under Peng Africa. He has also been invited to play live at the DSTV Studios on a show called Channel O 411(public show for well known international and local dj`s).
BlackJean shared a stage with Ralf GUM (GOGO Music), Vinny Da Vinci (House Afrika, RSA), DJ Christos (Katsaitis Music, RSA), Black Coffee (Soulistic Music, RSA) and also shared a stage with artists such as ZAHARA (TS Records, RSA) at the Ekurhuleni Music Festival 2011.
The career of BlackJean continued on Jack2Jazz (Paris Casvette`s label) with 60 Hertz Project "The Missing Puzzle EP" in 2011 and, in the same year, with the track "It`s a Journey" on the big label of Justin Imperial Cabana Rec that became one of the chosen on the compilation album called "From the Hut” Various artists compilation.
At the moment Gosiame "BlackJean" Maodi is working hard on a lot of new fresh tracks and remixes for artists such as Dolls Combers,Jonny Montana, Vick Lavender, Brazilian Soul Crew, Global Niche Movement,Khanya Balani,Tina Howel,Lilac Jeans Crew,B&G Crew just to name the few.
Producer / Remixer for:
Nervous Records, MN2S, Soul Heaven Records, Stalwart, MoreHouse, Universe Media, Phuturesole, BBB, Consortium Muzik, Camio, Sophisticado, Soundmen on Wax, Soul Deluxe, Barcoda, Soul Deluxe, Soulful Beats, Distar, Seamless, Cabana, Reelgroove, 2delicious Recordings, DCS Trax, Kolonki Recordings, Vibe Boutique, French Kiss, etc.
Stacy Kidd (House 4 Life)
Stacy Kidd was born in Chicago in 1972 and started DJing in 1987 after being amazed by the music he was hearing on the radio. He started out recording Chicago house mixes off the radio, and would try to mix them together with 2 tape decks. He would even try to mix them together on one radio with 2 tape players on it. After doing that for a year, Stacy began to have a good ear for the music and started to buy records…. but didn’t even own a turntable yet. It wasn’t until 1989 when he finally got a single turntable and started to mix with one turntable and one tape deck. Having mixed for a while without a pitch control on tape decks, using the turntable came naturally.
In 1990 Stacy was invited to play at a house party where he first used two turntables. There he met Paul Johnson who was a guest at the party. Stacy was playing a lot of unknown tracks he received from other producers like Ron Hardy, DJ Rush, Armando and Farley JM Funk. Paul also had some unknown material so they stared comparing tracks. Stacy would play one, then Paul would play one. This went on for hours. Soon after, they began to hang out and work on music together regularly.
In 1994 Stacy completed his first record with Paul on Dance Mania Records called "Stacy Kidd & Pilly P Doing Thangs Vol 1." They went on to do two more volumes before Stacy completed his first solo project called "15213 Loomis" on Dance Mania Records in 1996. Following Paul Johnson’s advise on musical styles, Stacy put out three club records that same year on Huge Records (Chicago), Relief Records (Chicago) and Peacefrog Records in London. In 1997 he started traveling with Paul and performing at different events all over the world.
The following year, Stacy made a huge impact on the club scene when he released five records on Dusttraxx Records (Chicago), Aftermidnight Records (Holland), Riviera Records (France), Daddy Records - a sub label of Peacefrog (London) and a remix for Ministry of Sound Records in London. He continued to release records and travel meeting a lot of DJs & producers from all over the world. By the year 2000, Stacy reached a whole new level, he was working on more vocal projects and remixes for larger labels as well as joining many tours and studio sessions with a lot of the top house music producers in the game.
In 2002, Stacy started his own production company, "Underground Elements", which includes vocalists Joi Williams and Matthew Yates, producers/DJ‘s Tim Funatik (Dallas), Melvin Meeks (Chicago), Scott Payne (Chicago), and Ice Mike Lataker (Chicago). In 2003, Stacy Kidd’s "HOT", got him recognized as one of the most versatile up-and-coming producers in Chicago by DJ Magazine. Stacy also joined the Louie Vega and Kenny Dope (MAW) family on their new label "Kenlou Records." Stacy has DJed all over the world and the U.S. and has a lot more production coming out of “Underground Elements” in the near future.